Evidence That It Works
A study of reform efforts in 12 Chicago schools found that enabling positive, trusting relationships among staff members, including the leadership, were at the heart of school improvement.
Why Does It Matter?
Trusting relationships among the adults in a school form the foundation of a safe and caring school climate. In order to build trust, research suggests several key facets must be present between people, such as a willingness to be vulnerable, holding benevolent intentions towards others, and being open with information. Surfacing shared values and finding ways in which diverse groups of people are alike can also help cultivate trust.
Meeting rituals can help cultivate these relationships by providing a supportive structure in which adults can share honest, personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas with each other.